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Bank holiday 2015 in England

Bank holidays are public holidays in the United Kingdom, when banks and many other businesses are closed for the day.

Please note:

  • Bank Holidays (Public Holidays) are not other special days like Remembrance Day, Bonfire Night or Halloween.
  • August bank holiday date for Scotland is at the beginning of the month, not the end of August.
  • There are two bank holidays in May.

The expected dates of bank and public holidays in, and are shown below:

Bankholidays in England and Wales

England and Wales 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
New Year's Day 3 January■ 2 January■ 1 January 1 January
Good Friday 22 April 6 April 29 March 18 April 3 April
Easter Monday 25 April 9 April 1 April 21 April 6 April
Royal wedding 29 April
Early May Bank Holiday 2 May 7 May 6 May 5 May 4 May
Spring Bank Holiday 30 May 4 June* 27 May 26 May 25 May
Queen's Diamond Jubilee 5 June
Summer Bank Holiday
(August Bank Holiday)
29 August 27 August 26 August 25 August 31 August
Christmas Day 26 December▲ 25 December 25 December 25 December 25 December
Boxing Day 27 December♣ 26 December 26 December 26 December 28 December♣

♣ Substitute Bank Holiday in lieu of 26th Dec because 26th falls at the weekend
▲ Substitute Bank Holiday in lieu of 25th Dec because 25th falls at the weekend
♣ Substitute Bank Holiday in lieu of 26th Dec because 26th falls at the weekend
■ Substitute Bank Holiday in lieu of 1st Jan
* substitute day

There are currently six permanent bank holidays in England and Wales. Christmas Day and Good Friday are public holidays.

Bankholidays in Scotland

Scotland
New Year's Day 3 January■ 2 January■ 1 January 1 January 1 January
2nd January 4 January■ 3 January 2 January 2 January 2 January
Good Friday 22 April 6 April 29 March 18 April 3 April
Royal wedding 29 April
Early May Bank Holiday 2 May 7 May 6 May 5 May 4 May
Spring Bank Holiday 30 May 4 June* 27 May 26 May 25 May
Queen's Diamond Jubilee 5 June
Summer Bank Holiday
(August Bank Holiday)
1 August 6 August 5 August 4 August 3 August
St Andrew's Day 30 November 30 November 2 December* 1 December* 30 November
Christmas Day 26 December▲ 25 December 25 December 25 December
Boxing Day 27 December♣ 26 December 26 December 28 December♣

There are seven permanent bank holidays across the whole of Scotland. Christmas Day and Good Friday are public holidays. Since 2007, St Andrews Day has also been a permanent bank holiday.

Bankholidays in Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland 2012 2013 2014 2015
St Patrick's Day 19 March* 18 March* 17 March
4 June
Battle of the Boyne
(Orangemen's Day)
12 July 12 July
Source: projectbritain.com
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